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Learning Specialist

Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY
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Title: Learning Specialist                        

Description: Under the supervision of the Director of AccessAbility Services, the Learning Specialist is responsible for implementing academic accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to support students with disabilities. The Learning Specialist coordinates all testing services, manages the note-taker program, completes alternate format requests and orientates students to assistive technology. The Learning Specialist works one-on-one with students with disabilities to ensure they have access to their education and assists them with study strategies, time management skills and navigating their academic experience. The Learning Specialist supports the awareness and educational programs sponsored and hosted by AccessAbility Services.


  • Orientate students with disabilities to AccessAbility Services and resources
  • Coordinate test-taking accommodations both in-person and online
  • Hire and supervise note-takers and manage notes for qualified students
  • Complete alternate text requests
  • Provide 1-1 academic and success coaching to students with disabilities
  • Train students with disabilities, staff and faculty on adaptive/assistive technology
  • Develop relationships with students to support personal and professional goals
  • Assist with the implementation and management of awareness and educational activities
  • Assist with Navigate Alerts, 4 and 7 week grade outreach
  • Support CSS efforts in Wick Week, Wick 101 and campus events
  • Serve on College-wide committees as determined by the Director of AccessAbility Services
  • Comply with all applicable College, Federal, State, local and associational laws, rules and regulations
  • Participate in all campus wide events including but not limited to open houses, Honors Convocation, Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, and Commencement Weekend
  • As a representative of the College, comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus

Qualifications: Minimum requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 1-3 years’ experience working in higher education or a related field.  Candidates must have experience working with students, a record of academic leadership and management in a diverse institutional environment, and a commitment to excellence.

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of their employment.

    Strong attention to detail and organizational skillsIndividual counseling or advising of college studentsCommitment to working with diverse individualsStrong writing and verbal skillsAbility to work in partnership with colleagues and facultyProficient with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and Google Drive/Documents
An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. The College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Hartwick operates as a community of learners where there is a very real sense of belonging and connection. By joining Hartwick, you become part of a group of people who work together, share in our successes, and a celebrate our accomplishments. All positions at Hartwick contribute to the education and development of students with the opportunity to see the impact on future leaders—what you do at Hartwick really matters.

Our beautiful 425-acre campus is located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, New York—a charming town near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, flexible scheduling, opportunities to engage in athletic and cultural events (concerts, exhibits, and lectures) and tuition benefits for eligible employees and their dependents.

Hartwick College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression and is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process. 

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

    A cover letter;A resume; A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; andThe names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.



Working at Hartwick College 

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College has adopted a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Our Mission
Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose
Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personally and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have a well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values
We are:

  • a college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, learning, analyzing, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • a relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • a future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future.

Our Character:
By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes: shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term "The Liberal Arts in Practice." 

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